US liquefied natural gas giant Cheniere Energy has evacuated and temporarily suspended operations at its Sabine Pass LNG project in Louisiana as Hurricane Laura approaches the US Gulf Coast.
The facility, where five enormous ‘production trains’ are operational and a sixth is under construction, is located in Louisiana’s Cameron Parish, in the weaker side of the storm.
Sabine Pass, which was in the path of Laura, was built on the cheap by converting an Import LNG plant to Export. But the giant tanks immediately sprung dangerous leaks, from 14 points around the base of a second LNG storage tank (Energywire, Feb. 12 2018) and was finally ordered by PHMSA to close two of the enormous tanks.
Cherniere claimed there was ”no danger to the public”, ie. that only the 500 workers would get blown to pieces if the liquid cryogenic gas got to the sea at the right…
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